The Shape of the Beast


The Shape of the Beast: Conversations with Arundhati Roy (2008) is a collection of fourteen interviews of Indian author Arundhati Roy, conducted between January 2001 and March 2008. In these interviews, Roy speaks, among other things, about people displaced by dams and industry, the genocide in Gujarat, Maoist rebels, the Kashmir issue and American imperialism. In the final interview, Roy speaks about herself as a person, a writer and a celebrity.Roy writes in the book's preface: "These interviews were a flexible way of thinking aloud, of exploring idea, personal As well as political, without having to nail them down with an artificially structured cohesion and fit them into an unassailable grand thesis. This book was born and raised in that amorphous, luminal space – somewhere between the spoken and the written word." Five of the fourteen conversations are with David Barsamian, an American radio broadcaster, writer, and the founder and director of Colorado-based syndicated weekly talk program Alternative Radio. In 2004, Barsamian and Roy had co-authored a similar book The Checkbook and the Cruise Missile: Conversations with Arundhati Roy. Other interviewers include N. Ram of The Hindu, Shoma Chaudhury of Tehelka and Anthony Armove of International Socialist Review.
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date of publication: 2008

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